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Baraka was discovered as a newborn boy with a minor deformity, a split lip. His family knew that they would not be able to care for and protect a child with a facial deformity and he is now in the full time care of the BUMI family. Baraka’s deformity is purely superficial and can be fixed with a minor surgery and follow up costs that will amount to $2,825.00 USD.101%Raised: $2,850.00 $2,825.00
This project aims to rehabilitate former child soldiers and teach them woodworking skills so that they can return to and become employed in their communities. In support of the Aprojed pilot project in Northern Congo and in collaboration with SOS Enfants France we are seeking to raise funds to build a center, employ teachers and provide the necessary tools and resources to train students so that they may reintegrate into society and combat the stigma associated with child soldiers.5%Raised: $585.00 $12,000.00
The Sisterhood project in Gulu, Northern Uganda seeks to build a self-sustainable daycare center run by local mothers and survivors of civil war and violence, dedicated to servicing the community. This center will create employment opportunities while providing safe and reliable care for the children of local mothers.1%Raised: $150.00 $13,150.00
Chosen to participate in the 2017 Montreal Murale Festival, photographer Aydin Matlabi and graffiti artist Miss Me collaborated to create a mural depicting his photo series We Are the Heritage. This mural depicts the orphans of the Bumi Orphanage in the DRC to raise awareness for the orphanage, however recently one of the images was defaced and vandalized. We are looking to raise $4,000 to have the mural professionally restored and the images retouched.0%Raised: $0.00 $4,000.00
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Aydin and his Foundation did an amazing job for our organization BUMI. Since 2016, Foundation 64 has given us remarkable worldwide visibility. Thanks to Aydin's visits, expositions, videos and especially photos, Bumi has gained a lot of credibility making us now appear as professional as we really are. In addition to the positive impact on our image, Bumi is also now able to count on a wealth of digital media which has truly helped programs such as child sponsorships, funding requests, project submissions, general communication and many more.
We are very happy to count Foundation 64 as one of our strong partners and we are confident this relationship will only continue to grow. Thank you Aydin and thank you Foundation 64!
Caroline NeitzelMarketing Director BUMI orphanage
Foundation 64 played an integral role in not only documenting the Braincloud Learning project across Southern Thailand but also provided materials for research and marketing purposes. Aydin Matlabi retuned several times on behalf of Foundation 64 across a two-year period to carry out this project and remained dedicated to his work throughout. The photographs and materials that resulted from our partnership were high quality and allowed Braincloud Learning to move forward with our initiative to grow and remain competitive in our field.
Tan SoamboonsrupCEO Braincloud Learning
I have been working with formerly abducted young mothers in Northern Uganda to create a new model for reintegration. Aydin has followed my PhD project since the onset in 2014 and has always been keenly interested in how the project evolved, the lessons learned and the outcomes. He has provided important insights into this project which I have incorporated into my dissertation. Aydin on behalf of Foundation 64 travelled to Northern Uganda to meet and interview the women and learn how we could collectively create a sustainable project for these women. His compassion, expertise and commitment to these women and all his projects is truly impressive.
Michelle SavardPhD Candidate, Concordia University
Aydin Matlabi undertook the enormous task of building a mural artwork by himself, working with acclaimed Montreal artist MissMe, and presented it to us in 2017. We were amazed by the force of the message that was at the heart of the project, and we also loved the multimedia aspects of the creation and the collaboration between the artists. That's why it was a pleasure for us to include the project in the official programming of the 2017 MURAL Festival and to help him fund it through a partnership with World Vision. We never regretted our choice, as Aydin was able to manage all aspects of the production and give this great legacy public art project to the city of Montreal!
Pierre-Alain BenoitDirecteur Général MURAL
Notre rencontre avec Aydin Matlabi et sa foundation 64 c'est concrétisée lors de l'exposition organisée conjointement à Paris avec SOS Enfants au profit des enfants de Bumi à Lubumbashi. C'était le 20 Novembre, journée international des Droits de l'Enfant. Aydin sait mettre son talent au service des enfants dont les droits les plus élémentaires sont bafoués. SOS Enfants et Aydin se retrouvent aujourd'hui sur les mêmes terrains au Congo (lubumbashi, Nord Kivu) aux côtés des orphelins, des enfants des rues, des enfants abandonnés et rejetés de tous, des enfants engagés malgré eux dans les confits armés... Notre complémentarité est grande et ensemble nous pouvons être encore plus efficaces pour offrir à ces enfants les bases qui leur permettront de construire leur propre avenir, un avenir meilleur. Comme dit le proverbe: Seul on va plus vite, ensemble on va plus loin. Et nous espérons aller très loin avec Aydin et la Foundation 64!
Christel RocheteauDéléguée générale, SOS Enfants
Foundation 64 works with communities whose initiatives and projects align with our core values of accountability and sustainability in the human rights sector. By helping us you help create hopeful narratives for the organizations that aim to bring change to their communities with your support going directly towards their grassroots initiatives. We all have the power to make a difference and with each donation given to the project you feel deserves greater visibility you are directly impacting your chosen cause. By supporting our projects you are helping us to create a new and innovative way to uplift and empower those working in crisis and impoverished environments.